Royals add Endy for outfield depth

By Paul Casella /12/31/12 2:40 PM ET

Outfielder Endy Chavez will return to the team with which he made his Major League debut more than a decade ago after agreeing to a Minor League deal with the Royals, the club confirmed on Monday. Jon Heyman of initially reported the deal.
Chavez figures to compete with Jarrod Dyson for occasional playing time as a fourth outfielder behind starting outfielders Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain and Jeff Francoeur.
Chavez, who will turn 35 in February, made his Major League debut with the Royals in 2001 after he was taken from the Mets in the 2000 Rule 5 Draft. He has since racked up a .269 career average with 26 home runs, 229 RBIs and 100 stolen bases over 11 seasons with seven different teams.
Last year, Chavez hit .203 with a pair of homers and 12 RBIs in 64 games while appearing at all three outfield positions with the Orioles.